Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, a former NDC parliamentary hopeful and lecturer at the University of Ghana, has offered an apology to the Supreme Court for his alleged derogatory remarks directed towards the apex court.
In his tweet, he expressed concerns about the current state of Ghana’s judiciary, accusing it of partisanship and a lack of common sense.
These tweets were made shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision to instruct Parliament to remove the name of NDC MP James Gyakye Quayson from its records due to procedural breaches during his nomination and election in 2020.
Following his controversial remarks, the Supreme Court summoned Dr. Kpessa-Whyte on Thursday, requesting him to provide justifications as to why he should not be held in contempt for his comments that characterized the nation’s highest judicial body as “a stupid court.”
In a statement, Dr. Kpessa-Whyte expressed that he had no intention to denigrate the Supreme Court and wholeheartedly apologized for his statements. He acknowledged the need to show respect to the judiciary and expressed remorse for any offense caused.
“I have observed that Ghanaweb and other media publications sought to associate my tweet with the decision of the Supreme Court in the Assin North matter as stated on the face of the Summons to show cause, but honestly at the time of my tweet, I had no knowledge of the Supreme Court’s decision as at 9: 59am when I did the tweet.
The said tweet has resulted in the invocation of the powers of Apex Court in our country for me to appear and show cause, because the tweet has scandalized the Apex Court of our land and has brought the dignity of the court into disrepute.
Sincerely, the tweet was not done with the intent to scandalize, or denigrate a revered institution such as the Supreme Court of Ghana for which I have tremendous amount of respect and admiration.
These are consequences I never intended, although I do accept responsibility that, I could have exercised better judgment in my choice of words.
Please permit me to state unequivocally that I have no reason to slander our Supreme Court, and I hereby sincerely apologize unreservedly for any pain and discomfort my tweets may have caused the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court and the entire judiciary.
I hereby retract the tweet in question; accordingly, the tweet has been deleted completely and I pray for forgiveness.”